Published: Sun, April 23, 2017
Global | By Maureen Mccoy

Evergreen Jo Pavey focused on World Championship qualification

Evergreen Jo Pavey focused on World Championship qualification

"My build-up was good", said Taylor, who has a personal best of 2:28:40 and runs for the Hoka One One Northern Arizona Elite squad coached by Ben Rosario. Keitany is the fastest with her African record of 2:18:37, dating back five years and, at 35, she believes Paula Radcliffe's women's only world record of 2:17:42 is still within her capacity.

Sophie Powell-White, head of account management at Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity, said: "We're so grateful to Jim and to all our supporters for taking part in this wonderful challenge". "Not one person to go alone". "I don't know about the world record but we will run the best (women's only) time".

Taylor had planned to run last November's TCS New York City Marathon, but was forced to scratch in September after not hitting her workouts and feeling persistently tired.

Looking ahead to this weekend's race, European 10,000m champion Pavey told BBC Sport: "It is a shame you have got a victor like Sumgong testing positive because they are just ruining the sport".

Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) research released ahead of this weekend's London Marathon has shown that more women run for charity than men, while more than nine million people in the United Kingdom have taken part in a running event to raise money for charity.

"I can not say the marathon is hard because I haven't done the marathon", she quipped.

More seriously, Pavey thinks the explanation lies in lifestyle changes which have seen her spend more time in the United Kingdom during training blocks than when she was younger, and around young children, of course.

Kellyn Taylor (left) and Laura Thweatt pose in front of The Thames three days before the 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon.

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The women's elite field features Ethiopian Tirunesh Dibaba and Mare Dibaba and Kenya's Mary Keitany and Florence Kiplagat.

Pavey has, latterly, because of her athletic success, become an inspirational figure for many other mothers juggling the competing priorities of everyday life.

Tigist Tufa was the surprise victor two years ago and she will be contesting her first marathon since injury forced her to withdraw from the Olympic Games. (Those are just a few of the many names.) Several women in the field boast lifetime bests of sub-2:20 in the marathon, which rank them among the fastest in history.

Kenenisa Bekele finished third in 2016 but that was still a fine showing given his abbreviated build-up.

Bekele ahead of the rest Whether you're watching or running the London Marathon, it's good conditions for Sunday. He also confirmed he is fully fit again after falling in the Dubai Marathon in January.

"I was angry about not going to Rio", said Bekele. "I think I can improve my personal best, that would be flawless for me".

"I am going to London not as an individual, but as a representative of my country" he said adding that he is confident of winning taking into consideration the spirited and professional training he underwent in Arusha for several months.

If Bekele succeeds in his goal of setting a PB, he would eclipse Kipchoge's course record of 2:03:05. Included on my list were jumping out of an aeroplane - preferably with a parachute - running a marathon, appearing in a West End Musical, and seeing Manchester City win the Champions League. Kirui, who excels in non-paced races, is looking for another strong showing to cement his place on the team for London. "I'm not scared, my preparation has been good, it's been consistent". I nervously set out in the rain and we ran four miles.

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